Malaysia's Healthcare: A Public Service Legacy under Strain

By Lim Chee Han

May 2018 COVER STORY
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While Malaysia has a public healthcare system to boast about, it is at the same time plagued by brain drain, budget cuts and a bad rep when it comes to waiting time.Public health services in Malaysia are financed through general tax revenue – not dissimilar to Britain’s National Health Service. This healthcare financing model, the Beveridge model, is a legacy that persists until today, and is still practised in many other countries in the world.Malaysians have received heavily subsidised healthcare...

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Lim Chee Han

received his PhD in Infection Biology from Hannover Medical School, Germany. He is currently a senior analyst in the economics section at Penang Institute.